Andrew Brown Family Attorney Describes Shooting Video After Days Of Protests
After delays, the family of Andrew Brown, who was shot by police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, have been allowed, along with their attorney, to view the footage of the shooting. While the video has not been made public, that attorney has offered a description, saying that while the video she was allowed to see was very brief, she’s able to draw strong conclusions from it. “Let’s be clear,” she told the public, “This was an execution.”
In the CNN clip below, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who is representing Brown’s family, describes the contents of the video. She says that it shows police approaching Brown’s vehicle, which they had blocked into his driveway, and that the officers were already shooting, though Brown’s hands were on his steering wheel.
“Andrew had his hands on his steering wheel. He wasn’t reaching for anything, wasn’t touching anything…”
“He still stood there sitting in his vehicle with his hands on the steering wheel while being shot at” pic.twitter.com/m81T0ssOLO
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 26, 2021
She says that the video shows Brown continuing to keep his hands on the steering wheel even as he’s being fired on, and then finally trying to get himself away from the attack. She describes him as not evading arrest, but as “trying to evade being shot.”
According to CBS, seven deputies have already been placed on leave after the shooting. Early reports suggested that 3 additional deputies had resigned, though the department has since clarified that those resignations were unrelated to this shooting.
Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown, Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning. The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 23, 2021
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has called for the body camera footage to be made public as quickly as possible, and is calling for a thorough investigation and accountability.